On warm summer evenings in Genoa, when the sun begins to dip behind the Sierra Nevada, and the shadows grow long, and the light turns amber and gold, people gather in the Genoa Park on the green grass with their picnic dinners to listen to music.
Joey was born in Oneida, KY and raised in Winchester, KY. and he has the accent to prove it.
“I grew up singing in a very musical family.
Joey Carmon likes to Reed… Jerry Reed! “But it ain’t easy doin’ it right. I’ve been a fan ever since I heard Amos Moses. I remember the first time I heard him play Guitar Man on Austin City Limits. He was playing a Peavey T-60 guitar and had a lead guitar player on either side of him playing these unbelievable harmony parts – I’d never seen anybody do that before. My first thought was,”If I could play like that, I’d be in hog heaven!”
My tribute to Jerry will include songs like:
East Bound and Down
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)
A Thing Called Love
Sing Our Song
When You’re Hot, You’re Hot
I’ve been doing some recording up at Fred Sampson’s place and Fred being an excellent guitar player and a Reed fan also, is helping me with bass, drum and rhythm guitar tracks. Not many people have the gift of groove to bring out the magic in a J.R. tune but Fred has that talent.
Jerry Reed was a singer who became a good ol’ boy actor in car chase movies like Smokey and the Bandit, and was one of the greatest entertainers in the world. Everything about Jerry was distinctive: his guitar playing, writing, voice and especially his sense of humor. Talkin’ about good food Jerry once said, “Son, your tongue would beat the roof of your mouth out tryin’ to get to the next bite…”
“It ain’t a want, it’s a need… I gotta pick like Jerry Reed” – Joey Carmon
The Tepid Club of Cool is an acoustic jazz/swing quintette featuring Thom Bentley on guitar & vocals, Steve McElroy on clarinet, saxophone, flute, percussion & vocals, Robin King on vocals, Ryan Goodpastor on percussion and Duncan Elledge on bass and vocals.
The trio, composed of Steve Ide, Leslie Ide, and Steve Johnson, is based in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, just a stone’s throw from where the Gold Rush of 1849 began. As lead guitarist Steve Johnson puts it, “The Old West is the most celebrated era of our American heritage and cowboy music is a history lesson with a melody.”
To honor that heritage, the Old West Trio performs both traditional and contemporary songs that explore a variety of styles, including gunfighter ballads, western swing, classic Sons of the Pioneers, and lively yodeling tunes. Leslie Ide adds, “Our contribution to the cowboy culture is in capturing the spirit of the West in song.”
The Old West Trio has performed from California to Montana, including the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls and the Wort Hotel's Silver Dollar Bar in Jackson, Wyoming. Other venues include the Western States Horse Expo (Sacramento, Calif.), the Elk Grove Western Festival (Elk Grove, Calif.), the Rhymers Rodeer (Minden, Nevada), and the historic Silver Queen Hotel (Virginia City, Nevada). They have appeared on several radio programs, including the Range 103.7 FM with Mason Tibbs (Jackson, Wyoming), Back Roads on KVMR 89.5 FM (Nevada City, Calif.), Radio Ranch with Mick Vernon on KNRY 1240 AM, Horsemen's Radio Weekly, and the Chronicle of the Old West.
The Old West Trio makes guest appearances in the summer for Scofield's Cowboy Campfire at the Red Mule Ranch in Fiddletown, California. They helped launch the popular chuck wagon dinner and cowboy music and poetry program in 1997.